Chemical logistics provider Bertschi has commenced development of a second facility on Singapore’s Jurong Island.
The Bertschi Jurong Island Chemical Cluster (JICC) claims to be the “most advanced in Asia for the safe and efficient handling and storage of specialty & hazardous chemicals.”
The second site will bring Bertschi’s total land area on the island to 45,000 sq m, up from just over 30,000 sq m. Bertschi is investing an additional S$35m, bringing its total investment in Singapore to S$80m.
“In the past year, we helped to fill a pent up need in the market, and have established ourselves as a reference chemical logistics company in Singapore, serving the specialty chemical sector on the Jurong Island Ethylene Oxide corridor,” said Lieven Vander Elstraeten, Managing Director of Bertschi Solutions, Singapore.
The new facility aims to help meet the increasing demand for specialised chemical logistics services in Singapore and the region. It will feature an additional 25,000 pallet position dangerous goods warehouse. Drumming activities will also be expanded. Targeted for completion in Q4 2017, it will increase its staff to 100, up from 75.
“Bertschi’s decision to expand in Singapore so shortly after opening its first facility speaks volume of the growing demand for specialised logistics services. This is reflective of Singapore’s push to develop the specialty chemicals sector, which has grown by 6.1% CAGR in manufacturing output over the last ten years,” said Mr Damian Chan, Executive Director, Energy & Chemicals, Singapore Economic Development Board.
Bertschi’s service range in Singapore combines drum filling, steam heating and chilling of chemicals, (non) dangerous goods isotank storage and warehousing and trucking – all at one location in the proximity of the Jurong Island production facilities.